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CNN
Mar 15, 2013 6:00am PDT
'm announced today a change of heart. >> staunch ohio conservative rob portman, a dramatic reversal, backing same-sex marriage after his own son comes out. >> i now believe people ought to have the right to get married. >> politics getting very personal. also, knife fight. >> the small pocket knife is not going to result in a catastrophic failure of an aircraft. >> the tsa chief outspoken and outfront. we'll talk to one tsa agent. >> a really smart smartphone. the new samsung galaxy. we're here at radio city music hall for the launch. >> the headline? this thing can track your eye movements on its screen. and march madness, star wars style. >> welcome. this is madness! >> darth vader, hans solo, c 3 p on, g o, get out your brackets. who is your fave? here live in the cnn newsroom. and good morning to you. happy friday. i'm carol costello. we begin with a cnn exclusive on a change of heart. a stunning change in position. conservative senator rob portman says he's dropping his hardline opposition to same-sex marriage because one of his own sons gay. a deeply personal decision by a very public
Current
Mar 18, 2013 3:00am PDT
-55-press. last week just to bring you up to date in case you missed it. senator rob portman did a public flip flop on marriage equality. he had always opposed it in the past and then he started to rethink it. and the reason is because his son is a freshman in college and came out and told his parents that he is gay. so suddenly rob portman said all of that anti-gay stuff i have been doing, do i want to treat my son that way? he decided in the and went on cnn and admitted he changed his mind. >> i'm announcing today a change of heart on a issue that a lot of people feel strongly about. it has to do with gay couple's right to marry. and i have taken a position against gay marry, rooted in part in my faith and my faith tradition. my son came to my wife and i and told us that he was gay, and that it was not a choice. >> bill: and he said given all of my years of being on the other side of this issue that really caused me to take another look at it. >> and that launched an interesting process for me, which was rethinking my position, talking with religious leaders and in t
NBC
Mar 15, 2013 5:30pm PDT
's identity crisis is now personified by senator rob portman's change of heart on same-sex marriage. >> wow, what a crowd. >> reporter: on mitt romney's short list for vice president rob portman voted against same-sex marriage in the house and senate. he said it was a matter of faith. now it's a matter of family. after his 21-year-old son will, a junior at yale, came out to his parents two years ago. >> i think this is something we should allow people to do -- to get married and have the joy and stability of marriage that i have had for over 26 years. i want all three of my kids to have it including our son who is gay. >> reporter: will portman on a kayaking trip with his father and older brother tweeted, especially proud of my dad today. portman joins former vice president cheney who backed his daughter mary and her spouse. and 130 prominent republicans who signed a brief supporting the supreme court challenge to california's proposition 8 which bans same-sex marriage. but while a majority of americans, 51%, for the first time support same-sex marriage in a nbc news/wall street journal pol
ABC
Mar 17, 2013 8:00am PDT
they deal with every day. >> there was a surprise this week, senator rob portman, who's a close friend of yours, and from home, ohio, said that he has had a change of heart of gay marriage. he'll support gay marriage after learning his own 21-year-old son will is gay. had portman shared that with you? >> he called. listen, rob is a great friend and longtime ally. i appreciate that he's decided to change his views on this. but, i believe that marriage is a union of a man and a woman. >> can you imagine yourself in a situation where you would reverse your decision as portman has on gay marriage if a child of yours and someone you loved told you was gay? >> no. i believe marriage is the union of a man and a woman. that's what i grew up with, what i believe, what my church teaches me, and i can't imagine position would ever change. >> i want to get quickly to a couple more topics, gun legislation, will you commit to have a vote on the house floor on any gun legislation that the senate is able to pass? >> if they pass it, i made clear that we would review it. in the meantime, our committees
PBS
Mar 17, 2013 6:00pm PDT
marriage, but we know today that senator rob portman has departed from his position on this. >> unbelievable segue. pope to apartment. > -- to portman. >> that is why we are here. >> the portman thing is fascinating, because he was on the short list for romney, who anday anti-gay marriage, rob portman sat on this for two years and waited a couple of times after the the election. >> pope to portman to cpac. a word on the conservative political action conference. >> president obama, who seemed once upon a time to respect civil liberties, has become the president who signed the law allowing detention of american citizen. at the cpacand paul conference just outside washington. the words we just heard could have been uttered by a member of the american civil liberties union. >> this is what libertarians are like this is what his dad is like. rand is much more polished. he does not talk about the gold standard or destroying the fed and stuff like that. attractive.ely when he pulled off with the filibuster was a stunt of political genius, because he had the floor and the attention
MSNBC
Mar 15, 2013 7:00pm PDT
dean, thank you both for joining me. >> you bet. >>> republican senator rob portman surprised his party this morning with news that he now supports same sex marriage. the reversal comes after his son came out to him. coming up, we look at his reasons for announcing it now, and whether or not it had impact in the selection of mitt romney's running mate. >>> also, live by the sequester, die by the sequester. now that real cuts are taking shape across the country, republicans aren't happy, and guess who they're blaming. >>> and the man that recorded the infamous 47% comment for mitt romney has given his final interview, and yours truly is asking the questions. come on, nowadays lots of people go by themselves. no they don't. hey son. have fun tonight. ♪ ♪ back against the wall ♪ ain't nothin to me ♪ ain't nothin to me [ crowd murmurs ] hey! ♪ [ howls ] ♪ even the inside of your dishwasher sparkles. okay. so i'm the bad guy for being clean. you said it. ladies, let's not fight dirty. cascade kitchen counselor. see, over time, a competing gel can leave hard-water film on your dis
MSNBC
Mar 15, 2013 12:00pm PDT
who has a lot more potential. >> the republican high want to talk about today is rob portman. talking about how he has completely done a 180 on gay marriage and gay rights. and i'm really proud of him. this is a man who was pro doma. pro stopping gay couple from adopting. and he said, we were surprised to learn he and his wife were surprised to learn that their son is gay two years ago. but we knew he was still the same person he had always been. and in that moment, he sort of showing what america is going through. we are getting to know people in our family, people in our friends' circles are coming out to us. we're saying, this is the same person who i loved yesterday. why i would change my feelings when that person hassle me who they really and truly are. in the maps coming out, in our friends and popular culture, gayness is getting normalized and a lot of people are having to change their minds and saying i will support their rights. and when a republican has been so against these rights, turns around and listens to his heart and his family rather than his pollsters. i'm proud of
CNN
Mar 15, 2013 4:00am PDT
, republican senator rob portman of ohio is reversing his position on the issue after his son revealed that he is gay. >> cnn's chief congressional correspondent dana bash landing this exclusive tv interview with the senator. she joins us live from washington this morning. dana bash, a lot of questions for you. let's just begin with the fact that this wasn't easy for the senator, i imagine. >> it was not. i can tell you that for sure it was not easy. but this kind of thing happens all over america all the time. even in conservative homes. sons and daughters come to their parents and reveal that they're gay. the difference here, of course, is that this father is a u.s. senator with a megaphone and a vote to try to give his gay son more rights. he invited us into his office yesterday to tell us this dramatic news. >> governor mitt romney! >> reporter: you probably recognize ohio senator rob portman from his tireless campaigning for mitt romney. even on romney's short list for vice president. he's been a leading republican voice on the economy for four decades. >> we need to spur economic growth
CNN
Mar 16, 2013 12:00am PDT
and said, dad, i'm gay. margaret, what did you make of that? >> look, i think rob portman acted in a way that was consistent with the love for his son and consistent with a movement happening across the country with republican legislators. piers, many people don't know, more than 205 republican state legislators across the country have voted, elected leaders have voted for the freedom to marry and not lost their seats because of it. 135 members signed on to amicus brief for the supreme court, a solution to a conservative case and a constitutional case for freedom to marry. so, there is a sea change happening within the republican party across the country that is just now with rob portman percolating up to washington. and so i think we are at a tipping point. >> politico is reporting tonight that a lot of the gop elite, apparently, have been very receptive to what senator portman said. i want to play the other side of the coin, which is what rick santorum said by way of his reaction. >> i don't think it, in my mind, it doesn't alter what the right thing is for america. the right thing for
CNN
Mar 15, 2013 9:00am PDT
out how that fight is going. >> plus, conservative senator rob portman announces his support for same sex marriage. a dramatic reversal after his own son comes out. >> and have a look at this photo. they can stop video if you looked away. can it give apple a run for its money? we'll have a look. ♪ [ female announcer ] from meeting customer needs... to meeting patient needs... ♪ wireless is limitless. [ female announcer ] from finding the best way... ♪ to finding the best catch... ♪ wireless is limitless. you know you could just use bengay zero degrees. medicated pain relief you store in the freezer. brrr...see ya boys. [ male announcer ] bengay zero degrees. freeze and move on. and i have a massive heart attack right in my driveway. the doctor put me on a bayer aspirin regimen. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. go talk to your doctor. you're not indestructible anymore. how far do you want to take it? up to you. chevy cruze's six-speed transmission allows for lower shift points, offering an e.p.a.-estimated 36 mpg highway. ok
MSNBC
Mar 15, 2013 7:00am PDT
, senator rob portman reversing his stance of same-sex marriage, because he has said that his son is gay in a "columbus dispatch" op-ed. he said that we believe in minimal government interference in the personal lives and we believe the family unit to be the fundamental building block of society, and with we should also consider people's long term commitments to each other. do you believe this will change the conversation? >> well, i think that it will continue to dialogue and the discussion. i know that if anybody who knows rob portman knows that he is sincere and honest and cares about his family and passionate and all of the positive things, and this is heart felt and he believes it. gosh, more power to him. he believes that, and i respect him for it. >> and will this stay a decision made by each lawmaker and every republican for specific families would you say and for you? >> yeah. i you know, i happen to think that a lot of this should be made at the state level and how we do it in utah may be different than massachusetts and that is where we ought to be having this discussion, but
MSNBC
Mar 15, 2013 2:00pm PDT
lesson? go hard right or stick to romneyism? >>> republican senator rob portman used to support the defense of marriage act and used to oppose gay marriage until his son told him he was gay. this is fascinating, until a personal issue came on, a family issue came on, he didn't have that issue. he's had a change of hearts. one, that all politics is local, of course, and, two, as more people come out in terms of orientation, more americans will be accepting as same-sex marriage. >>> plus we know the gop wants president obama to fail, will do anything to make sure he fails. that and no new taxes all they can agree on. why hasn't president obama offered republicans a deal from his point of view? his version of a grand bargain to force the republic chance to say no and walk away from the table? he hasn't done that yet. >>> by the way, donald trump tweeted yesterday, really big crowd expected tomorrow at cpac for his speech. here's the really big crowd that showed up to see trumpy. an overflow audience. filled with empty chairs. a talking car. but i'll tell you what impresses me. a ta
MSNBC
Mar 15, 2013 4:00pm PDT
, republican senator rob portman now says he's for same-sex marriage. what about the rest of his party? this is a big development from this country. what we're going to talk about in the next few minutes. you watching "hardball." the place for politics. when did you know that grandma was the one? when her sister dumped me. grandpa was my dad a good athlete? no. oh dad, you remember my friend alex? yeah. the one that had the work done... good to see you. where do we go when we die? the ground. who's your girlfriend? his name is chad. and that's where babies come from. [ male announcer ] sometimes being too transparent can be a bad thing. this looks good! [ male announcer ] but not with the oscar mayer deli fresh clear pack. it's what you see is what you get food. it's oscar mayer. and his new boss told him two things -- cook what you love, and save your money. joe doesn't know it yet, but he'll work his way up from busser to waiter to chef before opening a restaurant specializing in fish and game from the great northwest. he'll start investing early, he'll find some good people to help
PBS
Mar 19, 2013 11:00pm PDT
public initially because rob portman is not known to the general public although it matters to me a lot i think because he's extraordinarily well-known and well liked by people in the elite circles in the republican party. governor romney considered him as his running mate, and i believe theeaction to rob portman habeenxtraordina. the ha bee some voices who condemned him and condemned his decision but you hear many prominent republicans being extraordinarily muted including the cpac and what they're saying in reaction to what he's done. they don't agree with him -- >> rose: it would have been different four years ago. >> when dick chainy did it -- >> rose: portman cited cheney and saying go with your conscious. >> look i can't emphasize enough. for insiders it is hardfor any reblican insider who knows ron portman to say a negative thing about him because he's so extraordinarily well liked and beyond reproach on his conserve fifth credentials on a range of issues. when the history of this is written and when you did an oral history we are moving inexorably to broader accent tons of gay m
ABC
Mar 15, 2013 5:30pm PDT
headlines of his own tonight, now saying gays should be allowed to marry. that senator is rob portman. and the reason behind the change? his son, right there behind him in the blue checkered shirt. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight. >> reporter: he's an all-american father fully devoted to his kids. when his middle child, son will, went to college, he revealed to his parents that he had a secret. >> my son came to jane, my wife, and i, and told us that he was gay and that it was not a choice and that, you know, he -- that's just part of who he is and he'd been that way ever since he could remember. >> reporter: what was your reaction when he told you? >> love, support, you know, 110%. >> reporter: surprised? >> surprise, yeah. >> reporter: it's a story many families can relate to. like when this airman videotaped his own call coming out to his father. >> dad, i'm gay. >> yikes. >> do you still love me? >> i still love you, son. >> reporter: the video went viral. more than 6 million youtube views and counting. and in pop culture, we've watched on "modern famil
ABC
Mar 16, 2013 5:30pm PDT
a devicive issue from a republican in washington. senator rob portman says he will support gay marriage after his son told him he's gay. some of the constituents are reacting tonight. here's abc rooe that new york nan. >> my son came to jane, my wife, and i, and told us that he was gay. >> that was the moment republican senator rob portman began changing his opposition to same-sex marriage. >> he's going to make a lot of people in the conservative wing of the republican party quite upset. >> reporter: but for portman, it was not about politics. >> to have the joy and the stability of marriage that i've had for over 26 years. i want all three of my kids to have that, including our son who is gay. >> reporter: that son, 21-year-old will portman tweeting, especially proud of my dad today. but there was a backlash from some of the conservative constituents. >> you're a republican and all of a sudden you're against, like, gay marriage and stuff, and your son comes out and you want to change your view, that's hypocritical. >> reporter: opposition from john boehner in an exclusive interview with mar
MSNBC
Mar 15, 2013 2:00am PDT
-lift. he's not a republican society lady. she's a real woman. >> rob portman says he supports same-sex marriage after his son told his parents he was gay. >>> in president obama's meeting with republican senators, he talked about giving congress information on drone strikes. he compared his administration to his predecessors and said, this is not dick cheney we're talking about. >>> and interview with israeli tv, president obama said many issues were discussed, including a question of living inside the bubble of secret service and media. he admitted that sometimes he'd like to be able to escape all of that. >> sometimes i have this fantasy i can put on a disguise and wear a make mustache and wander through tel aviv and go to a bar. >> and that's your morning dish of "scrambled politics." >>> turning to the weather. dillon dryer's here with the forecast. even with a fake mustache, the president would not go unrecognized. >> i don't think so. as soon as he starts talking or singing. >> he's stuck in the bubble for life. >> we're going to see, actually, some wintry weather move into p
CNN
Mar 15, 2013 2:00am PDT
on the gay marriage issue by ohio senator rob portman. the staunch conservative in an exclusive television interview with cnn's dana bash says he now supports gay marriage, after finding out two years ago his son, will, is gay. >>> new developments out of north korea. the state-run news agency claims that someone is attacking the country's internet servers. every single day. and trying to stir up trouble. it is pointing fingers, naturally, at the u.s. and south korea, but won't say exactly what damage has been done. the north has been under a lot of international pressure since its third nuclear test earlier this year. >>> day two of the conservative political action conference or c pac getting under way outside d.c. donald trump kicks things off. and wayne lapierre speaks later this morning and south carolina governor nikki haley will introduce mitt romney this afternoon. this will be romney's first major speech since the election. newt gingrich is a featured speaker tomorrow but we're talking to him today. he'll join us on "starting point" in the 8:00 eastern hour. he doesn't know what t
Current
Mar 15, 2013 6:00am PDT
from offshore drilling. rob portman has changed his stance on same-sex marriage because his son is gay. he said his son will came out to him back in 2011 and then he realized he wanted his son to have the same opportunities as everyone else. senator portman was a potential date for romney last year. he was a sponsor of the 1996 defense of marriage act. he now says that voters in each state should have the right to approve same-sex marriage should they so choose. and mitt romney is speaking at cpac today which has plenty of allies and conservative activists wondering why. they wonder what he could possibly say that would have any impact or be of any interest. we're back after the break. stay with us. ♪ going to do the young turks. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think th
FOX News
Mar 18, 2013 11:00pm PDT
portman unless your idea could evolve. i think it was a personal decision by rob portman and one that a lot of people over the last few years have come to. including like -- there is a lot of people. >> kimberly: they might have believed -- >> dana: charles murray, trashed his speech and gave one contemporaneous and gave thoughts and beliefs on why he should be for gay marriage as a conservative. there is a lot of good in report. outreach a good thing. you can't just be talking to yourself. that's what a lot of people on the fringe of both parties do. talk most themselves to convince themselves they're right. >> bob: can i suggest that the republicans long-term reform and immigration is not only good policy and good politics for the republicans. the assumption that more democrats come in if you allow the hispanics in aligns that there is a lot of republicans. if you took away immigration, george bush proved this point in texas and ran for president. 40% something -- >> eric: unless you're president -- >> bob: no, no, no. eric, the angst in the hispanic community goes back down to
MSNBC
Mar 16, 2013 11:00am PDT
by to talk about it. >>> also, senator rob portman's stunning reversal on same-sex marriage, what they are saying about that at cpac. [ male announcer ] this is kevin. to prove to you that aleve is the better choice for him, he's agreed to give it up. that's today? [ male announcer ] we'll be with him all day as he goes back to taking tylenol. i was okay, but after lunch my knee started to hurt again. and now i've got to take more pills. ♪ yup. another pill stop. can i get my aleve back yet? ♪ for my pain, i want my aleve. ♪ [ male announcer ] look for the easy-open red arthritis cap. ♪ try running four.ning a restaurant is hard, fortunately we've got ink. it gives us 5x the rewards on our internet, phone charges and cable, plus at office supply stores. rewards we put right back into our business. this is the only thing we've ever wanted to do and ink helps us do it. make your mark with ink from chase. it fills you with energy... and it gives you what you are looking for to live a more natural life. in a convenient two bar pack. this is nature valley. nature at its most de
MSNBC
Mar 15, 2013 6:00pm PDT
and that can radically trance farm family and it's our super power. >> rob portman. i is a republican senator from ohio. first as member of the house or one of his major legislative victories in the 199 0es is the defensive marriage act. he is defin rob /* rob port man sure only men and women had the right to marry. then as united states trade representative and then white house budget director 2010 rob mortman ran for senate in ohio and won. in the course of his 20 years in service rob portman has been a pretty run of the mill republican. people think of him as a numbers guy. in fact the romney campaign considered him for vice president but people argued he was too boring. that's right, too boring to be vice president which is quite something. today that dependable republican senator, the one who sponsored the defensive marriage act in the '90s came out in gay marriage. the senator writes i have come to believe that if two people have can come to made a commitment to care for one another in good times and in bad, the government should not deny their right to be married. he became the only re
CNN
Mar 15, 2013 5:00pm PDT
on camera. show you the rest of the tape later. >>> plus, republican senator john mccain and rob portman, issue of same-sex marriage is personal from both their families, hear from rob portman, he dropped his opposition to it, explain why and john mccain's reaction to that two men with strong and similar religious beliefs come to very different conclusions on the issue. >>> we begin tonight with a story you simply will not see anywhere else. 360's drew are griffin investigating the killing of a man along a road in rural mississippi, doing something that police there have not been doing for the last three years n a phrase, keeping them honest. the killing was a hit and run. drew uncovered it while investigating another hit and run in the same county involving the very same authorities n that case, the victim, an african-american man was allegedly targeted by a car with three white kids in it the driver was charged with murder but despite the circumstances, authorities did not pursue hate crime charges. while investigating that case, drew learn learned of an earlier one, also involving an
CNN
Mar 15, 2013 9:00pm PDT
that. >> you're not cynical, mr. lapierre, just dangerous. and rob portman's stunning decision to now support same-sex marriage after his son told him he is gay. join something he david boss circumstance president of citizens united and republican strategist and cnn contributor, margaret hoover a big day forth republican party in this country, in many ways, to start with, the portman sensation. another way of putting it really, here is a republican senator who had repeatedly voted against gay marriage doing a complete u-turn because his son turned out two years ago, went to him and said, dad, i'm gay. margaret, what did you make of that >> look, i think rob portman acted in a way that was consistent with the love for his son and consistent with a movement happening across the country with republican legislators. piers, many people don't know, more than 205 republican state legislators across the country have voted, elected leaders have voted for the freedom to marry and not lost their seats because of it. 135 members signed on to amicus brief for the supreme court, a solution to a con
MSNBC
Mar 15, 2013 6:00am PDT
. >> one of the guys that was vetted for vp, ohio senator rob portman today, who was at one time a favorite actually to be running made, made a dramatic reversal on that issue, same-sex marriage. >> my son came to jane, my wife and i, told us that he was gay. and that -- not a choice and that, you know, he -- that's just part of who he is, and, you know, i've come to the conclusion that for me personally, i think this is something that we should allow people to do, to get married and to have the joy and the stability of marriage that i've had for over 26 years. >> by the way, romney adviser beth myers who led the vice presidential vetting process told nbc this morning that the campaign was aware that portman's son was gay, is gay, as they vetted him for the number two job, but that the situation, quote, played no role whatsoever in romney's decision about who to pick as his running mate. portman said the same thing as well in his interviews. >>> tomorrow evening at 5:00 p.m. the results of cpac's straw poll will be released. between now and then a host of potential candidates will take the
MSNBC
Mar 15, 2013 9:00am PDT
the thing that seems to have eluded them for so very long, the modern era. ohio senator rob portman, once a shoe-in for mitt romney's vp slot came out in favor of gay marriage. >> i'm announcing today a change of heart. on an issue that you know a lot of people feel strongly about. and it has to do with gay couples, opportunity to marry. my son came to jane, my wife and i, told us that he was gay. and that it was not a choice. and that you know, he, that's just part of who he is and he had been that way ever since he could remember. >> what was your reaction when he told you? >> love, support. >> was the gop finally knocking on the door of the 21st century? and, as purveyors of trickle-down everything, with this new-found tolerance trick down to the rest of the party. a party that lost gay americans last year by a margin of 53 points. if cpac is any indication, probably not. >> we cannot hope to limit government if we do not stand up for the core civil society institutions, beginning with marriage. >> just that i believe states should have the right to define marriage in a traditional way
MSNBC
Mar 15, 2013 10:00am PDT
-- after decades of opposition, why is republican senator rob portman, once a top contender to be mitt romney's running mate, now reversing his opposition to gay marriage? >> i had a very personal experience. which is my son came to jane, my wife and i, told us that he was gay. and that it was not a choice and that you know, that's just part of who he is and he had been that way ever since he could remember. and that launched an interesting process for me. which was -- kind of rethinking my position. >> live at cpac, mitt romney's first political speech coming up since his defeat in november. >>> plus president obama's new energy policy today, to be announced in illinois. next week, he's on to israel and benjamin netanyahu. >> we've got a terrific business-like relationship. he is very blunt with me about his views on issues and i'm very blunt with him about my views on issues and we get stuff done. >> good day i'm andrea mitchell live in washington, while conservatives are firing up the base at cpac, the president concluded a week of outreach to republicans on capitol hill. and first
MSNBC
Mar 15, 2013 11:00am PDT
to fail and they're not too big to go to jail. >>> also, senator rob portman's change of heart on same sex marriage after his son comes out. >> i've come to the conclusion that for me personally, i think this is something that we should allow people to do. to get married. >> is portman's reversal a sign that more republican lawmakers will slowly begin to embrace same sex marriage? we'll talk about that. and we would love for you to talk to us as well. you can join the conversation. we are on twitter. all over twitter. you can find us there. [ bells jingle ] [ cash register dings ] [ male announcer ] wow. a brave choice. okay, focus. think courage. think shaun white. think how perfect they'll be for outdoor crafts. mr. white. [ male announcer ] they're good for circulation. plus, they're totally practical. yeah, freedom. scan me. stride on, pale-legged, short-shorts guy. ♪ okay why? more is better than less because if stuff is not le-- if there is more less stuff then you might want to have some more and your parents just don't let you because there's only a little bit. right. we want mor
MSNBC
Mar 16, 2013 3:00am PDT
as their straight children and that can really radically transform a family and it's our superpower. >> rob portman. is the republican senator from ohio. he's been a republican party politics for many years. first as member of the house or one of his major legislative victories in the 1990s was the defense of marriage act. he is the co-sponsor of that bill defining marriage as between one man and one woman. he made sure only straight people had the right to marry. that was part of his legacy in congress. then in 2000 portman served in the george w. bush administration as united states trade representative and then white house budget director. rob portman has been a pretty run of the mill republican. people think of him as a budget guy, a numbers guy. the romney 2012 presidential campaign considered him for vice president but people argued he was just too boring. that's right. too boring to be vice president which is quite something. today that dependable republican senator, the one who sponsored the defense of marriage act in the 1990s came out in favor of gay marriage. today's columbus dispatch th
MSNBC
Mar 18, 2013 8:00am PDT
of marriage equality. we had senator rob portman come out for marriage equality because one of his children is gay. this is how priebus responded to senator portman. take a listen. >> i think senator portman made some pretty big inroads last week. but, you know, i think it's about being decent. i think it's about dignity and respect that nobody deserves to have their dignity diminished. or people don't deserve to be disrespected. >> so people don't deserve to be disrespected but the party itself does not foundationally and doesn't seem to want to support marriage equality. how do you think you'll be able to, at least using this report, try to focus on attracting an lbgt contingent to what the rnc represents? >> well, thomas, certainly what we have to do as a party, we need to draw the party by addition, not subtraction or division. and one of the things that we have to understand is, we're not going to agree on every issue. whether it's a social issue or economic issues. it's okay to disagree. group think say loser. purity in politics say loser. number one, look, i'm pro-life. i'm pro-tradi
PBS
Mar 19, 2013 5:30pm PDT
think same-sex couples should be able to get married. >> ifill: last week, ohio's rob portman became the first senate republican to announce his support. two years ago, he said, his son told him he is gay. >> that launched an interesting process for me which was rethinking my position, talking to my pastor and other religious leaders and going through a process of, at the end, changing my position on the issue. >> ifill: republican response was muted. house speaker john boehner said his position remains the same. >> i appreciate that he's decided to change his views on this but i believe that marriage is a union of a man and a woman. >> ifill: yesterday former secretary of state hillary clinton said she, too, has exexpanded on her previous support for civil unions. >> i support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. i support it personally and as a matter of plicy andaw. embedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for l.g.b.t. americans and all americans. >> ifill: her husband, former president bill clinton, is now calling on the supreme court to overturn a federa
NBC
Mar 15, 2013 4:30am PDT
compensated for both incidents >>> gay marriage supporters have a new ally, ohio senator, rob portman announced last night, he will now back gay marriage in the repeal of the defensive marriage act. he voted for the act back in 1996 as a member of the house. he says his change of heart began in 2011 when one of his sons revealed he was gay. >> half a dozen power lines are now down in parts of southern california leaving a long list of people in the dark. emergency responders say a tree limb likely downed one of the polls setting off a domino reaction, bringing down the others in el ka hope. that's about 15 miles east of san diego. telephone and cable service also impacted. we will have a report, however. no injuries have been reported. no vehicles and homes seem to have been hit. the repairs are kurnly undcurre underway. >>> have you seen this wild drive. it ends with a man in handcuffs. the driver starts plowing through a row of sheds on display at home depot. from there, he spins out of control into a neighboring parking lot and up on to the store's front lawn. he finally finds a su
NBC
Mar 16, 2013 5:00pm PDT
, was not invited. and yesterday members did not react well to ohio senator rob portman announcing his son is guy and now supports gay marriage. >>> coming up next at 5:00, a first for san francisco, the new cruise ship calling the city home. we'll hear from the passengers taking part in the inaugural trip. >> we'll introduce you to the man who was chosen to design a chal is for the pope. >> reporter: live in san carlos, a former 49er is saying good-bye to fans and also raising money for a charity very close to his heart. that story coming up. >> so far a sunny start to st. patrick's day weekend. we're still seeing temperatures outside right now in the 70s around the north bay, a little breezy out there but you can see the clear skies right now. look to west, more clouds filling in and changes ahead. we've got rain back in the 7-day forecast. will it arrive for the end of the weekend? we'll look at that when we come right back. well, well, well. growing up, we didn't have u-verse. we couldn't record four shows at the same time. in my day, you were lucky if you could record two shows. and if mom w
NBC
Mar 16, 2013 5:30pm PDT
, senator rob portman reversed course and said he supports same-sex marriage after learning that his son is guy. according to the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll a majority of republicans are opposed to same-sex marriage, most democrats support it. lester? >> kristen welker tonight, thanks. for more on all this, let's bring in chief washington correspondent john harwood. all this talk of the party recasting itself, that means reaching out to a lot of different groups, different interests. is it practical? >> it's pretty complicated. it's not easy at all. republicans need to do better with young voters who are socially liberal but older voters and the religious right are the heart of their base. they need to appeal to working-class voters, especially hispanics, but also do better with upscale voters, college-educated women in particular. one telling piece of advice came from jeb bush at this cpac conference. he said republicans can't be against everything, they can't be against the changes coursing through american society and the world that voters can see with their own eyes.
NBC
Mar 18, 2013 5:30pm PDT
, including the political world. >> reporter: on friday, republican senator rob portman came out in favor of same-sex marriage. >> i now believe people ought to have the right to get married. >> reporter: a position most of his party oppose, but this morning after a report declared the party need to do broaden its appeal, the party launched a $10 million vopledge to reach its votes. president obama has also changed his position, announcing his support of same-sex marriage last year and a new poll just today shows 58% of americans agree. brian? >> kristin welker at the white house for us tonight. kristin, thanks. >>> still ahead for us on a monday evening, a major break in one of this nation's largest unsolved mysteries. an unusual appeal from the fbi tonight and a $5 million reward up for grabs. >>> and later, a beautiful sight making a difference for a lot of kids. >>> it was 23 years ago tonight one of the most daring, certainly the largest art heist ever happened in the isabella gardner museum in boston. tonight the fbi is making an unusual public appeal to get some of the stolen maste
KOFY
Mar 16, 2013 9:00pm PDT
was gay. >> reporter: that was moment rob portman changed his opposition to same-sex marriage. >> he is going make a lot of people in the conservative wing and republican party quite% set. >> reporter: for portman it was not about politics. >> to have the joy and stability of marriage i've had for over 26. i wanted all three kids to have it including my son. >> that son tweeting especially proud of my dad today. there was a backlash from some of his con still went. >> you are republican and all of a sudden you are against gay marriage and your son comes out, you want to change your view, that is hypocritical. >> reporter: opposition coming from john boehner for this week airing tomorrow. >> can you imagine yourself in a situation where you reversed your decision like portman has on gay marriage if a child of yours or someone you loved told you they were gay? >> i believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman. all right? it's what i grew up with. it's what i believe. >> reporter: at the end of the month, supreme court will take up the defense of marriage act which portman sup
MSNBC
Mar 16, 2013 2:00am PDT
senator rob portman used to oppose gay marriage until his son told him he was gay. until a personal issue came on, a family issue, he didn't have the same position. now portman has had a change of heart that all politics is local and as many people come out in terms of orientation, more americans will be accepting of same-sex marriage. >>> plus, we know gop wants president obama to fail, will do anything to make sure he fails that. and no new taxes is all they can really agree on. but why hasn't president obama offered the republicans a deal from his point of view? his version of a grand bargain? will it force the republicans to say no and walk away from the table? he han done that yet. donald trump tweeted yesterday, really big krourd expected at cpac. here's the really big crowd. this morning, an overflowing audience filled with empty chairs. that's hardball. we're playing it. this is the place for it. [ nyquil bottle ] you know i relieve coughs, sneezing, fevers... [ tylenol bottle ] me too! and nasal congestion. [ tissue box ] he said nasal congestion. yeah...i heard him. [ female ann
PBS
Mar 15, 2013 8:00pm PDT
to everything we didn't get to including ohio rob portman's decision to support same-sex marriage. we'll see you here again next week on "washington week." good night. >> corporate funding for "washington week" is provided by -- >> we know why we're here. to connect our forces to what they need when they need it. >> to help troops see danger before it sees them. >> to answer the call of the brave and bring them safely home. >> around the globe, the people of boeing are working together to support and protect all who serve. >> that's why we're here. >> additional corporate funding for "washington week" is provided by prudential. additional funding is provided by the annenberg foundation, the corporation for public broadcasting and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> explore new worlds and new ideas through programs like this, made available for everyone through contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. magic moments ♪ from viewers like you. tonight, public television brings back the magic moments from the 1950s. ♪ sincerely... th
CNN
Mar 16, 2013 3:00am PDT
-pack and the republicans throughout the morning. >>> also, republican heavyweight rob portman's shocking change of heart. >> what do his colleagues on the right think about his change of heart. transit fares! as in the 37 billion transit fares we help collect each year. no? oh, right. you're thinking of the 1.6 million daily customer care interactions xerox handles. or the 900 million health insurance claims we process. so, it's no surprise to you that companies depend on today's xerox for services that simplify how work gets done. which is...pretty much what we've always stood for. with xerox, you're ready for real business. [ jen garner ] what skincare brand is so effective... so trusted... so clinically proven dermatologists recommend it twice as much as any other brand? neutrogena®. recommended by dermatologists 2 times more than any other brand. now that's beautiful. neutrogena®. ♪ >>> good morning to you, washington. it's expected to be 47 degrees today with light rain. >> it's still winter in washington, and it's spring in atlanta. unbelievable. the allergies already hit me. >> i thought we w
Current
Mar 18, 2013 5:00pm PDT
that they keep going on. and they just turned on rob portman. they will turn on their own on a dime. there is no loyalty in that party. >> john: it's very true. rob portman is now being cast out by many parts of the party. >> i think they can eke out another election based on wedge issues rather than addressing addressing--because i think they maybe come to recognize that they can't actually attract minority voters so they're trying to suppress it through voting right amendment. >> john: gerrymandering. >> amnesty. and if that's--if they can do that maybe they'll--that's a band aid and maybe they can eke out another election. but in the long run it's not a winning strategy. >> john: hari, i got ten seconds. ann thinks if republicans give or if anyone gives amnesty to undocumented immigrants republicans will never win another election. is she right? >> not with that attitude. if you don't see yourself ever gaining those voters who many might agree on religious issues, then clearly you're not going to. >> john: the panel will stay with me after the break when we talk about an annivers
NBC
Mar 15, 2013 6:00pm PDT
on the upcoming supreme court review of prop 8. >>> he's the first republican senator to do it. ohio's rob portman has publicly changed his mind saying he now supports gay marriage. after learning a member of his own family is gay. portman is considered a political heavy-hitter on mitt romney's short list of potential running mates just last fall. nbc bay area's stephanie chuang is live with more on how this is parking reaction coast to coast. >> reporter: good evening. he says his son came out being gay and that sparked his change of heart. those we spoke with think it won't be a matter of if but when the republican party will change its position defining marriage between a man and a woman. one of the people we talked to was san francisco's own mark leno. >> i think we have turned the corner now. >> reporter: mark leno is convinced gay marriage is a defining moment and senator rob portman's change of heart will soon stand in the 2016 presidential election. >> they will take that line about marriage only between a man and a woman out of their platform. i wouldn't be surprised. >> reporter: san fra
CNN
Mar 15, 2013 11:00am PDT
a cnn exclusive. senator rob portman, he's changing his stance on same sex marriage and his son reveals he's gay. is it okay for politicians to change their minds or is this just flip-flopping? i'll start with you, jamaal? >> absolutely i think it is okay for them to change their minds. a lot of us have wrestled with this issue in politics for years. i can remember being involved in races, in 2004, 2004 where civil marriage, civil union was considered to be a pretty forward position for us, for a politician to take, who is running for president. now gay marriage has become so widespread in terms of it being accepted that a lot of politicians including the president have been scrambling to try to catch up to the issue and where the public is on this. i think we'll see a lot of politicians have some road to damascus conversion. >> his son is happy with him. he tweeted his reaction, i'm especially proud of my dad today. he obviously feels as jamaal feels, hey, his dad evolved on this issue. >> his dad evolved on the issue. i think what is so interesting about what rob portman did today is
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